Longtime Sports Illustrated photographer James. A. Drake died at 89 on Jan. 10, in accordance the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Gary Miles.
Drake spent practically 4 a long time at SI starting in 1959, and his photographs graced the journal’s cowl 79 occasions. He was readily available for among the most notable sporting occasions of his period, together with Jack Nicklaus’s first Masters win in 1963 and Joe Frazier‘s victory over Muhammed Ali at Madison Sq. Backyard in 1971.
Drake’s work additionally appeared in Life journal and different publications. Fellow SI photographer advised Miles he views Drake as “the very best golf photographer ever.”
You’ll be able to see a few of Drake’s most well-known photographs at SI under:
Drake was a Philadelphia native. His work captured metropolis legends Reggie White, Mick Schmidt and Julius Irving, in addition to Presidents John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, per Miles. Drake is survived by his sons, Patrick and Chris, three grandchildren and different kinfolk.
From the SI Vault: